What is Ragi
Ragi also known as Finger Millet. Finger millet, more commonly known as ragi or nachni
Ragi Flour is primarily a powder food, made from Ragi grains. It is finger millet powder. It has high protein and mineral content. It is an ideal source of protein for vegetarians.
Its scientific name is Eleusine coracana. It ranks sixth in production after wheat, Rice, maize, sorghum and bajra in India. In India, Ragi (finger millet) is mostly grown and consumed in Karnataka, and to a limited extent in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Goa.
Health Benefits of Ragi
Millet Man Dr Khadar Wali is on a mission to various cities of Punjab. Dr. Khadar’s objective, as he professes, is to improve the health of people and help them get rid of diseases by motivating them to make the right food choice. The right kind of food, a simple lifestyle and the right agricultural practices. That’s all society needs to mend its ways and get itself into top health says Dr Khader Wali, a US returned scientist, who has dedicated his life to building a healthy society after resigning from a lucrative job in an MNC
Some health Benefits of Ragi are written Below:-
- Calcium is a significant factor when it comes to bone development and prevention of osteoporosis. And Ragi is the great source of Calcium, because it is rich in Calcium.
- Ragi also helps in Weight loss.
- Gluten-free – People with celiac disease or followers of the gluten-free diet can incorporate ragi into their daily consumption as it is completely free of gluten.
- Ragi is also a rich source of fiber and helps lower cholesterol level.
More about Ragi
- Sweet in taste (madhura rasa)
- Has a heating potency (ushna virya)
- Qualities are Dry and Light
- Balances Kapha
- Increases Pitta and Vata in excess amounts
- Promotes Sattva and Rajas in the mind
How to use Ragi?
Ragi can be used as a whole or Ragi flour. I bought flour also, when I started for my husband. But I prefered to use as Ragi whole, which is not only easy to use, but also due to its pure form, one can get more health benefits by eating it as a whole.
We can make Ragi Malt or Ragi kanji from Ragi Whole.
- To make it, Soak Ragi whole for couple of hours, then wash in running water and blend it in Blender.
- Then strain and use that Ragi milk to make Ragi Malt.
- Need one pinch Carom Seeds(Ajwain)
- Need one pinch Green Cardamom(Choti Elaichi)
- Need one pinch Fennel Seeds(Saunf)
- Need Jaggery
- Need Saucepan
- Need Tap Water
Millet Question Answers
Question 1: Should I Soak Millet before Cooking?
Answer 1: You should Soak Millet before cooking for 24 hours.
Question 2: Which Millet is Best?
Answer 2: millets such as sorghum (jowar), pearl millet (bajra), foxtail millet (kangni), finger millet (ragi), Barnyard millet, Kodo millet, Little Millet, Proso Millet are amongst the healthiest millet grains. Means all Millets are good. Just try one by one, which suits more to your body, eat that regularly.
Question 3: Is Millet better than Rice?
Answer 3: Yes, Compared to white rice or wheat, millets are high on fibre and control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Millets have to be consumed as whole grains to get the nutritional benefits.
How to make Ragi Khichdi
I’m making Ragi Khichdi for last 7-8 months. Not only Ragi, but also I use some other Millets for Khichdi; such as:-Sorghum (jowar), Pearl millet (bajra), foxtail millet (kangni), finger millet (ragi), Barnyard millet, Kodo millet, Little Millet, Proso Millet. They are amongst the healthiest millet grains available in the market. You can Buy them Online or from your local Grocery Stores.
I Buy these Millets from an Indian Grocery Store. They are not expensive, not cheap. Means Price is Okay. My husband don’t eat Roti for last 7-8 months, but eat only Khichdi twice a day(in Breakfast and Dinner) In lunch he eat a lots of Fruit Salad and twice a Day, he takes Indian Chai.
So I’ve many types of these Millets, which my husband eat only. He really love it and he got some health benefits from this Khichdi by eating regularly.
How to Make any Millets Khichdi? Video Instructions
How to Make any Millets Khichdi? Written Instructions
- Soak 6 spoons of any type of Millet for 24 hours and then wash and put in the saucepan. Add good amount of water and just add a pinch of Pink Salt and Black pepper. Make it on simmer flame for about 10-15 minutes.
- Eat it with Plain homemade Yogurt and any fresh homemade Sabji.
- You can also take Raw Salad(Cucumber, Cabbage and Broccoli) with it.